Abdi Warab
Flanked by Hargeisa University Dons President Silanyo awards Elder Abdi Warabe a honourary PH.D

University of Hargeisa conferred an honorary PhD Degree on Somaliland’s oldest elder Haji Abdi Warabe in recognition of his services to the nation spanning several decades.

By Latifa Yusuf Masai 

Hargeisa,  (Somaliland Monitor) – Education being the cornerstone of our nation’s Development and road to alleviating poverty, it is without doubt a honour for me to participate in this event.
This was stated by the Somaliland president Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo during the 13th graduation ceremony at Hargeisa University where 862 candidates were awarded bachelor degrees after successfully conclusion of studies in the various faculties at the institution.
“I hereby extend my congratulations to the youthful citizens who join our national workforce with much needed knowledge for their diligence and perseverance leasing to graduation” said president Silanyo adding that accolades are also due parents and lecturers who made the process a success.

Top male graduate awarded
Top male graduate awarded

The president who stressed on the fact that education is the cornerstone of his administration’s national development policy as exemplified by the implementation of free primary school education pledged to continue pursuing avenues that shall extend free schooling to secondary and even university levels “Inshallah”

President Silanyo awards a bachelor degree to the first physically handicapped citiz n to graduate from a local university
President Silanyo awards a bachelor degree to the first physically handicapped citiz n to graduate from a local university

At the 13th graduation ceremony at the main Somaliland university based in the capital Hargeisa where witnesses included cabinet ministers, political parties leadership, legislators, parents, students and ordinary citizens, the head of state personally conferred degrees to the top students from the variety us faculties.
Though not a student, elder Abdikarim Hussein “Abdi Warabe” was the first to receive from president Silanyo his honourary PH.D. conferred upon him by the university of Hargeisa for services to the nation spanning several decades.

Elder Abdi Warabe is an over 100 years old member of Guurri, the Upper chamber of parliament and credited with leading reconciliation talks between formerly warring clans that ensued with the proclamation of Somaliland’s withdrawal from Union with Somalia in 1991 and subsequent self-rule and peaceful co-existence which he continues to oversee at his Guurti chambers perch.
Upon his PH.D. award Elder Abdi Warabe joined the podium where president Silanyo assisted by the state minister for education Mohamed Aden Elmi who was master of ceremonies and HARGEISA university dons went on to confer degrees to top faculty students.

Most of Import at the function was award of bachelor degree to a physically handicapped gra whom the university of Hargeisa management was full of praise for his delignecy in competing with his able bodied colleagues some of whom he beat.
After the graduation exercise president Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo inspected several Development projects ongoing at the University where he also promised to actively participate in anyway upon request by the institution’s board of trustees, management and students.

Source: Somalilandsun




  1. Good to see this elder given an honorary award for his services to Somaliland. He can rest assured that the fruits of his efforts are clearly visible two and a half decades later.

    Better still to watch the physically challenged graduant. No doubt his achievements will be a great motivator for others who will wish to follow in his footsteps. Surely, disability is NOT inability.

    Congrats to Somaliland Monitor for its coverage of education issues. Unlike the other local papers, you go a step further by highlighting each and every side of the story.

    For instance, during the recent Abaaso School controversy, you not only covered the religious leaders side of the story, but you went further ahead and asked for the school authorities side of the story. It came as a surprise to us readers that some of the so-called religious leaders had a stake in a rival school and might probably have been motivated by the fact that they couldn’t compete well!

    Finally, I would like to challenge your editorial team to find out some recent claims from our own locals about the Turkish Nile Academy here in Hargeisa. There have been suspicions of mistreatment by the school’s authorities. A local elder was on YouTube talking of non-compensation for a collapsed wall during the recent rains of poor people within the proximity of this school.

    The “hilidibaan” claimed that these Turks see the locals as nothing (“quudanjo” or ant to quote him). An anonymous former employee complained of mistreatment at the hands of the same people forcing him to quit after working there for a number of years. There has also been claims of underpayment, harassment, intidimidation.

    The Schools authorities were on record recently asking the Somaliland government NOT to chase them away like had happened in Mogadishu where the TFG gave them.two weeks to quit. Another colleaque compained of harassment by the security at the gate.

    I challenge you to investigate incognito these claims. It is said that these Turks employ some shady and underhand deals to bypass scrutiny. These include using their own students as cover. I request you to act immediately to restore the dignity of those affected especially the locals.

  2. Yazza, your are spot-on. The local elder on YouTube clearly was very clear on his views of the Turkish Nile Academy authorities mistreatment of the poor people killed by the fallen walls. He ssid their “maag” (compensation) should be paid without any DELAY.

    He also said that he is surprised that these are the people whom the Somaliland authorities turn on for reconciliation with Somalia! They take the local Somalilanders as insignificant and valueless.

    I agree wholeheartedly with him. If they can’t respect the local culture, then they have no right to be here in the first place. They should quickly pack their bags and leave the country, the same way Iddi Amin chased Asian businessmen out of Uganda in the 70s.

    They not only pay locals peanuts (while paying their own Turks extravagantly), they do NOT honour their contractual obligations. An employee who quit a few weeks earlier despite being among the pioneers says he was disenfranchised by their poor management and disregard for the welfare of the Somalilanders.

    Another who sought an appointment with them recently was publicly humiliated at the gate by the soldier at the gate and a few yesmen there as well. He promptly took his complaints to the local elders and the nearby Axmed Dagaax Police Unit.

    Like you what I too find amazing is that these same folks paid a courtesy call to Stste House requesting authorities NOT to deport them like Mogadishu had. In their defense they used the education of the people of Somaliland as an excuse. Who’s fooling who here?

    I find these complaints disturbing. Somalilanders are fiercely proud people and guard their rights jealously. I do not find this surprising given the extent to which SNM had to fight to clear the Somali Army and their stooges from our lands.

    Like one elder once told me, the worst thing you can ever pardon is being colonised in your own land. They never accepted it from the Brits and the might of its empire. Who do this Turks think they are? The Ottoman Empire crumbled years earlier. There is a faile coup in their country and a purge whose consequences are being felt now.

    In short, the locals are right to complain. They have a right to be heard and have taken the case to court. The scholars and intellectuals like us have also joinec the fight on their side. We give them a few weeks to see if they’ll change their behaviours. If they don’t, then we’ll lobby the residents starting with the poor and affected ones right next door to them. Believe you me!

  3. First, pay the “maagta” of the poor people killed by those walls. Next, treat our locals who come to see the school authorities well.

    As a local trader near the school gates, I watched with shock as a short, young local came to the school on Sunday evening. He was mistreated by the soldier at the gate. The local security guards harrassed him. I felt sorry for the little dude. If this is how Turkish Nile Academy treats visitors, then they’ll quickly lose students and staff. Their PR skills are very poor.

    Respect is key here. You have to learn the local customs very well. Its NOT enough to use a few young translaters, some of whom recently graduated from the school. Instead you need experienced teachers who not only know the local culture well but have also been exposed to international contexts as well.

    As I watched the young man on Sunday, I saw how he fought for his rights. He engaged his tormentors at the gate in perfect Somali as well as fluent English for which they had no answer. It was clear this small guy was no ordinary folk. He knew what he was talking about. He had the last laugh, promising them he’d be back again. Only that they will NOT be able to stop him the next time!

    I was proud of him. We need such tough guys. For a small man, I found his intelligence and education exceptional. It was clear to me he was way ahead … He certainly got an anonymous admirer that weekend.

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